Crowdsourcing Ideas Through Candidates

I thought for my final blog post for the year [and decade], I would write about a topic that is – quite frankly – prolific today, in really bad form, and it is being embraced and implemented by far too many companies. I was slow and skeptical to recognize this as a real issue when it was initially surfaced to me in mid-2018. But I have, since then, recognized the crass acceptance and adoption of the theft of ideas from candidates with no intention of considering them as potential hires. According to Dow Jones, employers offer jobs to only 0.4% of their candidates. Has this practice always kind of existed? Yes…but it’s become more pervasive and accepted today. It’s become one of theRead More

The Importance Of Being A Visionary

And The Dangers of Legacy Thinking This summer I committed to my sons that they would have the a busy and fun summer and we made that happen: Surf Camp in Orange County, CA; Space Camp [their first sleep-away camp (as a mom, this week was miserable for me but a blast for them)]; Golf Camp in Austin, Texas ; Tennis Camp in NYC; Golf Camp in Chicago; A last hurrah to summer break in one of our favorite European cities. Because of our travel schedule I decided to take on a lighter work load than my usual schedule and I found myself with some extra time on my hands, which is rare for me. One of the Airbnb’s we were staying atRead More

Short & Sweet Leadership Guide

In just one week I have been asked to present a learning topic to a fabulous retail organization in NYC [seriously, it’s one of my favorite retailers so I am super excited]. They asked me to present 15 minutes to their creative merchant team. The attention learning span in 2018 dropped from seven minutes to six minutes in formal and informal learning environments. I have actually prepared a six minute talk to share with them to get the most out of our time together – the remainder of the time can be dialog, conversation, which is usually more valuable anyway. But this has lead me to really think about what I can share with people that ask me for guidance [and sometimes thoseRead More

Leadership & Brand Transparency

Recently, I’ve come across two profoundly interesting workplace culture and questionable leadership examples of how social media is forcing organizational transparency and working to shift the balance of power a tiny bit more in a candidate’s/employee’s favor. There is a lot of fear around speaking the truth and spotlighting the bad behavior or clearly poor executive decisions that most of us have encountered and witnessed in a lot of workplaces – regardless of industry. But there are some brave “voices” that are no longer willing to tolerate the despotic and gnarly culture too many organizations and “executives” dole out and that the masses passively accept. A Bold & Fearless LinkedIn Post Two weeks ago I was scrolling through my LinkedIn feed and cameRead More

Hooray For Curious Minds

Hooray For Curious Minds! If you’re anything like me, you were glued to the Michael Cohen congressional hearing on Wednesday. It was fascinating and salacious. It was both the most interesting and worst of today’s politics. One thing really stood out to me and it was that there were stories and situations that Mr. Cohen offered to the committee that absolutely begged for follow up questions but those questions were never asked by most of the congressional representatives. This lack of curiosity is fascinating to me and it absolutely made me recollect a few experiences I have had surfacing or escalating questionable or outright diabolical people, behavior, and/or practices to various corporate bodies and it has – essentially – fallen on deaf, disinterestedRead More

Traits of Unique & Fabulous People

Traits of Unique & Fabulous People I have always been an advocate of inviting unique personalities into the workplace. I love rebels and legitimately creative [even disruptive] individuals. I love ambition, transparency, integrity, and humor [unfortunately, these are very unique traits in most workplaces]. I love people who are authentic and honest human beings with passion, enthusiasm, and honorable intentions. I love people that are a little quirky and who go out of their way not to be like everyone else. Most of these qualities are not something that the average organizations seeks to find in candidates. And when these traits present in a new person, the organizational culture usually tries to squash them and, instead, encourage conformity by talking about “fit”. ThereRead More

Professional Pedigree

Professional Pedigree A few months ago I had an interesting experience with an organization who’d reached out to me for a role that was extremely exciting. I was then eliminated because my professional pedigree was – apparently – too akin to that of the backwoods locals in the movie Deliverance to be a fit for their brand. I wish I could say I stoically digested that feedback and haven’t obsessed about why I was contacted and presented as a candidate if pedigree was the singular criteria that identified the “winner” of that job opportunity. So, as things usually do for me, this kooky obsession has led to some research and big questions as to why organizations still don’t truly understand exactly who theyRead More